One of the Festival’s best-loved events is back, with a stellar international line-up. Reading from their latest works are Desi Anwar with Being Indonesian; Anuk Arudpragasam with The Story of a Brief Marriage, which takes place during the Sri Lankan civil war; Natalie Haynes with The Children of Jocasta, a modern retelling of the Oedipus story; and the celebrated Witi Ihimaera with his prize-winning memoir Maori Boy. Hosted by Patrick Abboud.
Please note: Annabel Abbs and Ha Jin will no longer be appearing at this event.
Anuk Arudpragasam (International)
Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka and currently lives in New York, where he is completing a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, is a meditation on trauma and silence and takes place over the course of a few hours in a displaced person's camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Described as 'an act of sustained empathy' by The New Yorker, it was named one of the Best Ten Novels of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal. Anuk writes in English and Tamil.
Desi Anwar (International)
Desi Anwar is an Indonesian columnist, senior anchor, journalist and the host of Insight with Desi Anwar on CNN Indonesia. She started her television career as a reporter, anchor and producer with IndonesiaÕs first commercial television channel and pioneered the countryÕs leading primetime news program, Seputar Indonesia. She also hosted her own show, Face2Face with Desi Anwar, giving her the opportunity to interview international figures. She is the author of several books featuring her writing, photography and philosophical musings in both English and Indonesian, including Being Indonesian - Life, Strife and the Pursuit of Democracy and Faces and Places, a collection of essays on travel.
Patrick Abboud (Australian)
Patrick Abboud is a Walkley-nominated storyteller working across TV, radio, online and the arts. An accomplished filmmaker, Pat often travels alone on assignment presenting, shooting, producing and directing compelling documentaries. He has lived in and reported from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Pat has continued his work on SBS TVÕs irreverent nightly news, tech and culture program The Feed (which he created and pitched the initial concept for) while also freelancing for SBS flagship current affairs program Dateline and international broadcasters. Pat is also co-host, writer and director of the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast.